Wondering what to grill tonight? If so, you’re not alone. It’s the classic problem that every lover of grilled food inevitably faces at some point or another. Regardless of the reason, there comes a point where you’re just not sure what you want to make. When you balance that uncertainness with wanting to make something that’s healthy, you can find yourself in a real pickle!
The good news is that healthy grilled meals don’t necessarily have to take a ton of time or cost an arm and a leg. There is a perception out there that eating healthy often means either a lot of prep work or a price tag that’s not always within reach. Fortunately for everyone, with a little bit of planning, thinking outside the box and ending up with a delicious and healthy grilled meal is attainable for everyone from novices to experts.
In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at a few grilling tips to make it that much easier to make something that’s easy to grill, tastes great, and isn’t bad for you either. Keep reading to learn more!
Suggestions for Healthy Grilling
Protein and Greens
The fact of the matter is that the word healthy can change depending on who you’re talking to. For some it means sticking strictly to a paleo diet. For others, finding ways to eat less food is the key. Others still will want a meal that just doesn’t have too many carbohydrates and sugars.
However you define the word, we think that you’ll be able to agree that a meal that’s healthy should provide you with lean protein and some vegetables. If you can find a recipe where this is the base, you can mix things up to suit your specific needs. For example, a grilled burger that’s wrapped in lettuce and served with sweet potato wedges meets that need. Grilled pulled chicken over the top of a salad that’s topped with olive oil and a handful of almond slivers should do the trick as well.
At the end of the day, you should be looking for meals that have good fats and proteins and top it off with some veggies to make sure that your body is getting all of the good stuff it needs.
Look for Inspiration
We know exactly how hard it can be to pull recipes out of thin air, but the good news is that we live in a day and age where a plethora of healthy recipes is a simple click away. With entire websites dedicated to eating within a certain healthy lifestyle, finding inspiration is easier now than it has ever been.
In the past, you had to find a cookbook that seemed like it might suit your needs and hope for the best. Nowadays, you can read plenty of reviews to see if a cookbook you’re thinking about trying would meet your needs.
The simple truth is that all it takes is finding a healthy community to get access to plenty of great recipes that you’ll love. Wondering where to start? Be sure to check out Pinterest or Instagram and follow along with others whose approach is similar to your own. You’re sure to find the inspiration you need to eat healthy.
Experimentation is Key
One of the best pieces of advice we can give you is to simply experiment until you find the right combination that works for you. If a recipe seems particularly involved, try it out on a lazy Saturday instead of a Tuesday night where you had to stay an hour late at work. Don’t hesitate to try something that is a bit of extra work, but pick the right time to do it.
Our suggestion is to buy a notebook and write down all of the recipes that you have tried and liked. It takes some of the guesswork out of planning a week’s worth of meals before heading to the grocery store when you already have a list of meals that you know you like right in front of you.
You could also try a little experiment where you choose a few easily grillable proteins that sound good for the week, grab a few bags of salad, and then make due with whatever else you have in your pantry. This forces you to use the things you already have on hand and think outside the box a little bit–and it can cut your grocery bill down pretty significantly!
Buy a Propane Tank and Get Started
There are plenty of great reasons to grill your meals, but the best one just might be the fact that you don’t have to wash pots, pans, and skillets at the end of a long day. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a huge challenge where you wonder what to grill tonight if you put in a bit of thought beforehand and plan accordingly. At Mighty Flame, we love sharing our favorite tasty grill recipes and a number of them are incredibly healthy. Take a look back at our blog archive to get some inspiration.
When you’re ready to give it a go for yourself, you’ll need a propane tank to power your grill. The good news is that we have a number of propane tank exchange locations across the country, so we’re always nearby whether you need to buy a fresh tank or swap out an empty one. Drop by today so you can make something delicious–and healthy–tonight!